Toni Kroos already has four Champions League trophies under his belt, having won three with real Madrid and one in 2013 with Bayern Munich.
But the German midfielder could have secured the Champions League winners’ medals had it not been for Chelsea.
The first time Kroos in the Champions League final was in 2012, when Bayern Munich were good favorites against the Premier League side.
Bayern had become a force in Europe again after reaching the final against Inter in 2010 before being eliminated in the same team the following year.
On May 19, 2012, everything suggested a Bayern Munich win with Jupp Heynckes at the helm, which would have been the first time they’ve lifted the European Cup in 11 years.
Although they took out almighty Barcelona with Pep Guardiola as their coach, no one thought they could be beaten.
Help from Kroos in the final
Chelsea were the opponents of the final in what was to be a difficult game. The minutes passed and Bayern Munich were no closer to scoring, but with seven minutes remaining, Franck Ribery passed to Kroos, who passed to the far post for Thomas Muller to finish ahead of Petr Cech.
Everything seemed doomed to failure Chelsea with only seven minutes left on the clock.
In the 88th minute, the English landed a corner, which was caught by Juan Mata and then directed to the back of the net by Didier Drogba, who sent the game into overtime.
In extra time Bayern attacked and created chances, Arjen Robben missing a penalty.
A penalty shootout was necessary to decide the winners of the 2012 Champions League, with Chelsea to be victorious.
Kroos, a then 22-year-old, saw two of his older teammates, Ivica Olic and Bastian Schweinsteiger, miss the opportunity to win the Champions League.
Nine years later Kroos has the opportunity to get revenge on his former teammates.
“I suffered a lot from this defeat. I was in a bad spot, but before winning, you have to live through difficult times,” said Kroos, as he reflected on the 2012 final.
real MadridNumber 8 recognizes the physical power that Chelsea currently own and believe that the most important thing is the quality Whites will have to produce Wednesday evening.
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Benzema and Giroud
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Real Madrid face to face with Chelsea
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